Introduce Your Little One to India’s Diverse Culture With Desi Babies

Living in the diaspora, it is challenging to incorporate our South Asian heritage in a way that is meaningful to children but the founders of Desi Babies create fun and vibrant products that stimulate the growth and creativity of the modern desi baby.

55 Experts Reveal Their Best Indian Weddings Tips for South Asian Brides

These 55 Indian wedding tips are everything you need to plan the perfect nuptials.

Shopping South Asian Wear Just Got a Whole Lot Easier With UK’s Fashion Brand Viva-Luxe

When it comes to buying South Asian fashion online, I want variety, quality, accessibility, affordability topped off with excellent customer service. Now, I admit that this is a big ask but I think it’s exactly what the South Asian online fashion market is crying out for.

Kavita Rao of Karmagraphy Takes Bollywood Dancing To A Whole New Level with ‘Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny’

Meet Brown Girl of the Month— Owner and choreographer of KARMAGRAPHY—a hidden treasure of South-Asian entertainment—Kavita Rao talks about the vulnerability of being a brown artist, rejecting a performing opportunity at Trump’s inauguration, and the debut of her brainchild Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala gave me the Lifeline I Needed in the Absence of Community’

One day, in the New Releases display, you see a curious book. The eyes of a young brown woman look out at you. On her forehead, she has a bindi in the shape of a question mark.

This Desi Rendition of ‘Dirty Dancing’ is a Must-Watch for Every Bollywood Aficionado

DD: The Shaadi aims to adapt one of Hollywood’s favorite movies into a desi-inspired short film.

Sweet Potato Cashew Cream Sauce And Brown Rice Pasta: A Recipe by Mistake

This pasta and sweet potato cashew cream sauce recipe will ensure you never go back to basic pasta again!

A letter to my Best Friend Who Committed Suicide

And, it’s worse suffering from a mental illness like depression, if you’re a man. After all, men must not cry. They must not complain.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala’s Search for Herself Mirrored my Experience as the Only Indian-American in my Small Town’

I remember the first moment I saw her—thoughtful brown eyes staring into my own. Question mark hovering. Dimple Lala drew me in and didn’t let go until I swooped her off a bookshelf, brought her home, and devoured every one line of Tanuja Desai Hidier’s delicious prose.

The Time I Rose Above the Sky at Cusco’s Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain, or La Montaña de siete colores, has become more popular for tourists in the last year or so, and is a must-see!

All the Real Award-Worthy Acceptance Speeches from the Emmy Awards

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  #REPRESENTATION. Or at least that was the motto at…

‘The 9to5 Misfits’ on How to Quit Your Job the Right Way

The first time we quit our jobs, we didn’t exactly have a plan, and the results speak for themselves — Pavi went into a hole and Nammy vegetated on her couch. Not our proudest moments, but we made mistakes so you don’t have to. So what are some things to plan for?

Want Eyelash Extensions? Here’s Everything You Need to Know and More!

I loved my look after my eyelash extensions, it was natural yet flirty—just the way I wanted it! Now you can have the look too!

Kavita Rao of Karmagraphy Takes Bollywood Dancing To A Whole New Level with ‘Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny’

Meet Brown Girl of the Month— Owner and choreographer of KARMAGRAPHY—a hidden treasure of South-Asian entertainment—Kavita Rao talks about the vulnerability of being a brown artist, rejecting a performing opportunity at Trump’s inauguration, and the debut of her brainchild Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny.

#WeDoBelongHere: Our Immigrant Families Make America Great

For years, my dad explained to me that our ancestors left India in hope of a better life and greater opportunities for their children. It is for those same reasons, my parents chose to leave Guyana and Trinidad.

Fast Five Interview with Guyanese-American Art Curator Grace Aneiza Ali

Migrating to Washington D.C. at the age of 14, her curatorial work heavily focuses on migration, particularly from Guyana, and examines the intersections at which art, activism and social change connect. We were happy to speak with Ali recently about the ways in which her chosen profession shines a light on artists of the Guyanese diaspora.

My Last Hours: A Journey From India to America – Part I

The Pan Am flight was confirmed for the wee hours of May 19th, 1989. I discussed my pending future with Beeji, my paternal Grandmother, who raised me as her own daughter

Say My Name, Say My Name (Or At Least Try, Dammit)

My middle name, Ann, had always been my point of entry into assimilation. It was an act of pride to repeat this common, Christian, “normal” sounding name that was sandwiched between my two very South Indian first and last names.

Scarves: A Representation of my Pakistani-Japanese-Muslim-American Self

I hold the (unofficial) world record for the number of scarves owned. Different cuts, fabrics, colors, textures—I’m a scarf enthusiast with a collection boasting 258 scarves. Since the first day of high school, a total of 1,098 days so far, I’ve always worn a scarf around my neck. It’s not just a slip of fabric that makes a bold fashion statement. My scarves make a statement about a major stereotype I face as a Muslim female: the hijab.

‘The Strongest Bond of Fraternity’: Social, Political And Artistic Links Between India And African Americans Before And After India’s Independence

Indians and African Americans share longstanding social and political connections that go back to the late 19th century. These connections, grounded in the shared anti-colonial and anti-racist histories of the two groups, and their impact on American politics and culture are usually overlooked in historical accounts of Indo-US ties.

Dear Aunties, Stop Telling Me It’s My Turn to Get Married

Okay, I get it – Indian people love weddings, dancing, eating, etc., but does that really mean at someone’s wedding all the aunties need to be on the lookout for who’s next? Honestly, they’re probably better at scouting singles than professional scouts are at finding good athletes. Weddings are great and all, but really, what does “it’s your turn next” even mean when it comes to getting married?

Onam and the Generation Gap

As every self-aware Malayali knows, there are two ways to deal with Onam: either go all out and happily drown in the many cups of thin white payasam you have been served, or God forbid, take the high road and pull the ABCD (American Born Confused Desi, to quote a much-beloved Malayalam movie).

Celebrating Rakhi: An Ode to Our Brothers

On a day that celebrates the sibling relationship in all its forms, our staff shares our favorite memories of this holiday, and the brothers it honors.

‘The 9to5 Misfits’ on How to Quit Your Job the Right Way

The first time we quit our jobs, we didn’t exactly have a plan, and the results speak for themselves — Pavi went into a hole and Nammy vegetated on her couch. Not our proudest moments, but we made mistakes so you don’t have to. So what are some things to plan for?

An Exclusive ‘Fast Five’ With Internationally Acclaimed Music Artist Parichay

Parichay is a singer, songwriter, and music producer. He has established himself…

SNKM Has Released New Music That Will Give You Chills

by Amina Khan – Follow @aminaaakhan23 SNKM is set for world domination….

Brown Girl of the Month Marisa Chib Weaves Beautiful Prose Into Film, Fashion and More

I would write on my hands as a child. Ballpoint pen tattoos; hastily scrawled from fragments of creative inspiration. Potential stories were woven around sketches.

India Independence Day Takes a Funny Twist With Four ABCD Comedians

Four ambitious Indian-Americans with some serious television cred decided to stir up this mundane Independence Day celebration routine

Fashion, Films and Fairness: A Conversation with Sarish Khan

In November 2016, our Brown Girl of the Month Sarish Khan made a huge leap of faith by taking a one-way flight to Pakistan to pursue her dream of an acting career. With no projects lined up, she auditioned until she was discovered and found her way into films.

Sujata Day of HBO Comedy ‘Insecure’ Releases Naked Hipster Project’s Second Single, PARTS

The Naked Hipster Project is the music and comedy brainchild of two close friends, Sujata Day and Will Collyer.

Mehjabeen Hassan Takes Female Empowerment Forward One Outfit at a Time

Mehjabeen Hassan wants to break through South Asian norms and stereotypes in more than one way, and her clothing line is just the start.

Brown Girl of the Month Sanjana Paramhans Designs Public Structures to Create Social Change

Sanjana Paramhans is a dynamic social designer from NYC who uses design…

Brown Boy of the Month David Singh Says Representation is Key for Sports Journalism

My ancestors were taken to Guyana from India to work as indentured laborers for the British in the 1800s. My parents and grandparents grew up in the small Caribbean nation having never visited their motherland.

Want Eyelash Extensions? Here’s Everything You Need to Know and More!

I loved my look after my eyelash extensions, it was natural yet flirty—just the way I wanted it! Now you can have the look too!

The Bibhu Mohapatra Woman: New York Fashion Week’s Dreamy Samurai

New York Fashion Week introduced the world to a lady who is complicated, intensely focused, yet collected in thought and disposition—everyone met the Bibhu Mohapatra woman!

Minimalistic is the New Majestic: New York Fashion Week Beauty Trend Report

New York Fashion Week introduced thousands of new trends to the fashion and beauty world, but the one we took away was minimalistic beauty trends are everyone’s new go-to, and we know exactly why!

Micellar Water: The Ultimate Cleansing Product and New Fan Favourite

Micellar water is the new go-to for everyone’s beauty regime and it’s so clear why!

5 Pro Tips On How to Make Your Foundation Last Longer

You may have had a really long day or it’s just one of those sweltering summer afternoons, the last thing you should worry about is your makeup! Here are 5 sure-fire ways to help your foundation last longer!

Debutant Fashion Designer Harleen Kaur Shares Fashion Tips and Tricks

Fashion designer Harleen Kaur talks to Brown Girl about fashion faux-pas, her favorite designer, and what not to wear.

5 Skin Care Tips to Guarantee Flawless Skin This Fall Season!

by Sanjana Arefin – Follow @minfin_ So I hate to break it…

How To Plan An Easy Breezy Maternity Shoot!

Some great tips to plan an easy breezy maternity shoot

55 Experts Reveal Their Best Indian Weddings Tips for South Asian Brides

These 55 Indian wedding tips are everything you need to plan the perfect nuptials.

It’s Never Too Late to Rock Your Sunnies And Here Are The Ones You Should Be Wearing!

Everyone loves a good pair of sunnies, but which ones suit your face best? Brown Girl is here to help you decide!

Kavita Rao of Karmagraphy Takes Bollywood Dancing To A Whole New Level with ‘Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny’

Meet Brown Girl of the Month— Owner and choreographer of KARMAGRAPHY—a hidden treasure of South-Asian entertainment—Kavita Rao talks about the vulnerability of being a brown artist, rejecting a performing opportunity at Trump’s inauguration, and the debut of her brainchild Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny.

This Desi Rendition of ‘Dirty Dancing’ is a Must-Watch for Every Bollywood Aficionado

DD: The Shaadi aims to adapt one of Hollywood’s favorite movies into a desi-inspired short film.

All the Real Award-Worthy Acceptance Speeches from the Emmy Awards

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  #REPRESENTATION. Or at least that was the motto at…

Kangana Ranaut Challenges Sexism in Bollywood with ‘The Bollywood Diva Song’

Through her batting eyelashes and sweet smiles, Ranaut systematically takes down the industry which lauds itself for feminist movies on-screen, while doing little for the women after the camera stops rolling.

A Board Game About Escaping Arranged Marriages Exists and You Need to Play

Arranged!–The Arranged Marriage Board Game is exactly what it sounds like. Balagamwala has channeled the common experience of South Asian women feeling the early pressures of marriage and transformed it into gameplay.

SNKM Has Released New Music That Will Give You Chills

by Amina Khan – Follow @aminaaakhan23 SNKM is set for world domination….

Huma Qureshi on “Viceroy’s House,” and the Importance of Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

by Kanika Monga – Follow @DrKanikaMonga Making a film about the partition of India is…

‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ Rises and Stumbles in Delivering it’s Social Message

“Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” is not your average movie. In this Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer, the real hero is the social message the movie so kindly provides.

Fashion, Films and Fairness: A Conversation with Sarish Khan

In November 2016, our Brown Girl of the Month Sarish Khan made a huge leap of faith by taking a one-way flight to Pakistan to pursue her dream of an acting career. With no projects lined up, she auditioned until she was discovered and found her way into films.

Sujata Day of HBO Comedy ‘Insecure’ Releases Naked Hipster Project’s Second Single, PARTS

The Naked Hipster Project is the music and comedy brainchild of two close friends, Sujata Day and Will Collyer.

5 Toxic ‘Good Health’ Habits to Recognize and Change

Yes, it may seem healthy to create goals for yourself, but when you start to look in the mirror, self-loathe, and wish you looked like someone else, there is a real, underlying problem.

To Muslim Women: ‘I love you dearly, regardless of what stage of Islam you operate in’

Islam is a religion of women. I will speak these words until my heart stops. Islam is a religion of women.

#NotOvaryActing: My Awkward First Time at the Gyno

I felt like everyone’s eyes were on me. I felt like they could tell I was having problems in my vagina and were judging me for it. I felt ashamed.

MannMukti’s New Podcast “Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health”: In Honest Conversation with Salma Vir-Banks

Salma’s ability to stand up and say, “Yes, I have had a difficult journey,” serves as an example to those who are secretly struggling. Her honesty lets people know that their similar struggles aren’t fictitious. They’re not being over dramatic, emotionally weak, or stupid. Her honesty lets people know that being flawed is okay and speaking up is even more so okay.

Feeling the Guilt? How to Eat Low-Calorie at 5 Different Fast Food Chains

Alert! Eat fresh – Subway’s punch line – is not always true. By the time you have added double cheese to your foot-long, gotten a cookie, and a bag of Lays chips, your attempt at a healthy meal becomes an 800+ calorie meal. Here’s how to avoid it.

Learning Self-Love Through Photography

I’ve never done a photoshoot before. I don’t know how to model. Hell, I don’t even like being in front of the camera. At first, I didn’t even recognize myself. I looked incredible! All the things I was insecure about seemed to fade away. The photography was art.

6 Fun Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care is important, but people often think that it’s too time-consuming or that it’s meant to be something extravagant like a massage or a vacation. But even a 5-minute cat nap can help you feel rejuvenated.

Hate Running? 5 Innovative Ways to Still Get in Your Cardio!

Luckily, I have found a few ways to get my cardio in on days when I’m just not in the mood for running in any form, even on a treadmill, or using an elliptical.

A Poem on Depression: You Didn’t Think To Say…

Maybe an “I love you” and “I’m here to support you” would have helped to climb out of the depths of darkness that I am no longer able to get out of.

Dear My Main Man: A Daughter’s Letter of Love to Her Father

Dear My Main Man,

I write to you because out of every helping hand I have received in this world, yours is the one with the most impact. You receive the least amount of credit and praise for the things you do. You’ve always stood back and let me shine or run in the rain knowing I always get caught up in a storm. You’re always stepping in when I call for you, knowing you can’t be more than a few feet away ready to comfort me in your arms as you have been doing for years. It’s time that light radiates on who you are and the love that you have shown me.

A letter to my Best Friend Who Committed Suicide

And, it’s worse suffering from a mental illness like depression, if you’re a man. After all, men must not cry. They must not complain.

My Last Hours: A Journey From India to America – Part I

The Pan Am flight was confirmed for the wee hours of May 19th, 1989. I discussed my pending future with Beeji, my paternal Grandmother, who raised me as her own daughter

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: How You Can Help

Myth: Once a person decides to take their life, there is nothing you can do to stop them. Reality: This is not true. Suicidal thoughts are abnormal and they change constantly.

Texas Strong and Proud: What I Realized Living Through Hurricane Harvey

Every day things happen that throw off our plans. Weddings get rained on, events get canceled and places get snowed in. We accept and expect Mother Nature of being unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean we are always prepared. We are not always kind to her nor each other. At times I question our humanity and where it has gone, especially with everything going on in the world. But this weekend, my hope in humanity has been restored.

Signs of Climate Change Oceans Apart: How You Can Help Houston and South Asian Flood Victims

What both these incidents have in common, apart from their obvious tragedy, is that they are both consequences of climate change. In a few cases, disaster relief can become disastrous itself. When people with good intentions donate things that aren’t wanted in a disaster response, the consequences may actually be harmful.

The Colonial Eye: As The British Saw and Described Indians

India and Pakistan recently celebrated 70 years of independence from colonial rule. The British colonial period spanned over 200 years. During this time a prodigious number of images were produced by Britons. A period of history can be better understood by studying the images that were created to document it. By looking more closely at some of this art as well as analyzing the accompanying commentary, we get a deeper and more layered understanding of the colonial mind, interests and opinions of India and its people. This piece will also help South Asians to think more critically about images in history and those used in media today.”

#TherapyTalk: Choosing the Right Therapist for You

If you’re a South Asian that was raised to always obey your elders, please realize that you’re not responsible for taking care of your therapist. Your therapy sessions should be about you and your needs.

‘The Strongest Bond of Fraternity’: Social, Political And Artistic Links Between India And African Americans Before And After India’s Independence

Indians and African Americans share longstanding social and political connections that go back to the late 19th century. These connections, grounded in the shared anti-colonial and anti-racist histories of the two groups, and their impact on American politics and culture are usually overlooked in historical accounts of Indo-US ties.

Dear Aunties, Stop Telling Me It’s My Turn to Get Married

Okay, I get it – Indian people love weddings, dancing, eating, etc., but does that really mean at someone’s wedding all the aunties need to be on the lookout for who’s next? Honestly, they’re probably better at scouting singles than professional scouts are at finding good athletes. Weddings are great and all, but really, what does “it’s your turn next” even mean when it comes to getting married?

Using the ‘Law of Attraction’ to Attract Happiness into my Life

And one night, when I was unable to pass out as immediately as I would have liked, I started to think of how the definition of happiness and success was very different for me in the past.